Simplicity in photography has always appealed to me. Many of my best-selling bird photos are just simple, naturally and front-lit bird portraits. A close up of the bird against a clean, distraction-free, background. This always appeals to me because at the core of photography is the need to tell a story or convey a concept to the viewer.
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This month, due to the virus, I am going to completely break format and have a show dedicated to helping you find things to try photographing around your house. My guest for the whole show is Rick Sammon. We’re going to our best to inspire you and entertain you and inform you. Hopefully you’ll find something in our casual discussion that you can use. This show was totally unscripted. We just went for it and I hope you like it.
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
Great photographers show – they don’t tell. The more I hear a photographer explain why or what their image is about, the less likely I am to think it’s compelling.
The Olympus wireless flash system is made up of three components.
The Olympus FC-WR Wireless Radiowave Commander
The Olympus FR-WR Wireless Radiowave Flash Receiver
A compatible Olympus flash. In this case, I use the following:
The Olympus FL-900R Electronic Flash
While I have done a lot of bird photography, I only seriously started photographing hummingbirds in 2012. I think my expertise with other avian species gave me a leg-up when it comes to making great hummingbird shots but it’s still incredibly hard. Photographing hummingbirds is a task that will try your patience but if you can hang in there, the rewards are pretty amazing.
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I’m getting excited about the upcoming spring migration because it means more hummingbirds passing through.
To get ready for hummingbird photo season, I have prepared a checklist. It’s somewhat exhaustive although I would never claim that you can think of EVERYTHING you might need to do to get ready, but these are the basics.
Since it’s almost time to photograph hummingbirds in the Pacific Northwest, I thought I’d show everyone a few of the tricks I use and how I do my setups.
The first step is to get hummers used to coming to your yard to feed. Three months ago, I set up two feeders near the spot where I plan to do my hummingbird photography. I want the birds to get used to the feeders, me and the general area where I will set up my background and flashes.
There’s an old saying. Don’t build your house on quicksand. Picking the right place to host your photo […]